Are admissions officers open to establishing relationships with college counselors?
That depends on the admissions office, and how you define "relationship." As most juniors and seniors are aware, college admissions offices spend considerable time and money sending their admissions officers/representatives throughout the United States and abroad to meet with students and counselors to showcase their institutions. College Nights are increasingly popular, some with hundreds of colleges in attendance. Oftentimes, admissions officers have certain territories and stay within those territories for a number of years. It is next to impossible for admissions officers not to develop relationship with college counselors, by simple fact that they have regular contact with them. Most of these relationships are collegial but also professional, and can be of great benefit to both parties. Open communication about what the best college fit would be for any particular student is almost universally recognized as desirable. If a professional relationship between an admissions representative and a college counselor fosters this open communication, then all for the better. But it is important to understand that college admissions departments must also in some ways protect their admissions officers from what could become a flurry of telephone calls and emails from college counselors contacting them on behalf of their students. And thus, in addition to a professional, working relationship between admissions officers and college counselors, it is equally important for admissions officers to require a professional "distance" from the college counselors, as well.